Is this a fairly fundamental part of how the network is set up? I guess it would be the default in a way, and in one sense it doesn’t have to make any difference either way, but I can certainly see some advantages in linking a client account with the ability to farm.
Just to follow a train of thought, over on the Safecoin algorithm thread Mav suggested (and I agree) that inclusivity and maintaining decentralisation are two key goals of the network, and these could potentially be endangered by ‘professionalisation’ of farming.
If a client account could be verified by verifiably human browsing(!?), (this verification need never leave the user’s machine,) this could perhaps authorise them to farm a certain number of vaults. I know there’s an old old thread about proof of unique human, and it certainly has some scary connotations, but in the above context needn’t be so, and also need only really be resilient to large scale abuse, a bit like the current invitation system to use Alpha 2. Not particularly easy technically I imagine, but we’re moving into an age where this sort of thing is more and more normal and possible.
To look at it from an economic and social point of view, I’ve always thought one of the failings of market theory in terms of happiness of the population is the way it separates consumers and producers into two separate groups, when in fact we’re all just the same people wearing different hats. It would be nice to make that link again in order to create a better functioning community. A network by the people, for the people!
This could also have benefits in terms of marketing if it was a very normal thing for those using the network as consumers to be the ones who have access to setting up a vault (I know this will be the case anyway, but would just take it a step further in people’s consciousness.) If the only qualification you needed for a part time job was to browse the internet for a while - Hello Young People!
Sorry if this is a bit of a ramble, and not particularly well phrased (I’m in a bit of a rush), but just thought I’d put it out there as a thought…